RÜFÜS DU SOL, the alternative dance group comprised of Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt, has taken the scene by storm over the past few years with their emotive and sultry musical output.
Possessing a melodic blend of drums, keyboard, guitar and vocals, their overall motif is nothing short of a pleasant experience. Originating from Australia, it's a wonder how these guys managed to create two albums filled to the brim with captivating dance tracks... Seriously, every song is a winner, my playlists are loaded with their music, and I'm sure I'm not the only one!
It's also great to see how far they've come since I last saw them open for Claptone a couple summers ago... now headlining their own world tour for their new album, Bloom. I had the pleasure of seeing them at their sold out show in Boston not too long ago and was blown away by their live performance. Definitely an act worth seeing live, the production and quality of sound was perfect. A standout moment was their encore of, 'Take Me', a version different from the original (my favorite song!), which is what you want when seeing a live act. Variations that keep you guessing at every turn.
I met up with the guys after the show to get insight into their origins, influences, signing with ODESZA's Foreign Family Collective and what we can expect from them moving forward.
How did Rufus Du Sol come to be? What is the origin story?
The year 2010, a mutual appreciation for electronic acts like Booka Shade and Trentemøller, a rainy night in Byron Bay, and the rest is history...
Where do you get the influence for your unique musical style?
Musically, we love to draw influence from a wide spectrum of sounds, not always electronic. For our most recent album Bloom, we were really inspired by the heavily sampled vibe of acts like Vanilla and the Avalanches, as well as the deeper, more melodic, and textural sides of Nicolas Jaar and David August. There was also influence from Foals, Tame Impala, Booka Shade, Caribou, as well as classic house producers like Cassius. Basically we just share heaps of tunes with each other and whatever is resonating tends to take the foreground pretty naturally.
When did you become a part of ODESZA's Foreign Family Collective? How has it been working with them?
We signed with FFC earlier this year. It’s really cool to have been given the opportunity to release with the team, we love their output and feel like we’re on a similar page with their team and their audience. That kind of harmony is pretty amazing to work with. I guess we’re really stoked that people with similar taste will have a chance to discover our music. Very exciting.
Your new album, Bloom is already being praised by the masses and 'You Were Right' won a Best Dance Release. How does it feel to have such recognition?
Yeah we’ve been really lucky with how everything’s come together over the last few years and we are very grateful. We love our jobs, and so for us the answer is simple; we just get to continue doing what we’ve been doing. Sure we have goals and plans, but the best thing we can do is to keep playing to as many people around the world as possible, and continue to make music in between tours, so that it’s not too long between drinks/releases, and that’s what we intend to do…
What are you most looking forward to on the tour?
All of the shows have sold really well so there’s an air of excitement about the whole tour really. That said, I do think playing Coachella is kind of a dream and will probably feel like a dream, so we’re definitely pretty giddy with anticipation for that.